Professor Sir Malcolm Grant is currently chairman of NHS England, which has responsibility for holding and investing the NHS budget to secure continual improvement in the quality of the health and healthcare for the population of England. 

He served for 10 years as President and Provost of UCL, from 2003-2013, a role which he describes as quite simply the greatest job in higher education; and was previously Pro Vice Chancellor of Cambridge and Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy. He is a Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.

Past roles have included service as chairman of the Russell Group, chairman of the Local Government Commission for England, and chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission. He has been a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

He has a strong interest in higher education globally, and is currently a member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and chairs its strategy committee; a member of the International Advisory Council of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; and a member of the International Council on Global Competitiveness of Russian Universities (an advisory Council of the Russian Federation).

His other current roles include serving as a trustee of Somerset House; as a Bencher of Middle Temple; as President of the Council for the Assistance of At-Risk Academics (CARA); as a British Business Ambassador and as 2014 Montgomery Fellow of Dartmouth College, USA. He is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.